Reach­ing those ma­jor mile­stones

Hauraki Herald - - HEALTH AND BEAUTY -

‘‘When Krista comes, it’s al­most like a friend com­ing to visit baby and me, not just a nurse.’’

Rais­ing a baby can be a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence but at times it can be daunt­ing and over­whelm­ing – even more so when you’re a young mum.

At 18, Zariah Ti­mothy is mum to Mataira Ti­mothy-Gil­lett, who, at 4-months-old, is thriv­ing on her wha¯nau and young mum’s aroha.

But, re­gard­less of age and wha¯nau sup­port, new mums still need re­as­sur­ance that their ba­bies are reach­ing all their mile­stones and that they have ac­cess to the ap­pro­pri­ate health ser­vices and checks that set the foun­da­tion for their life­long health and well­be­ing.

Ta­mariki Ora Well Child is a Min­istry of Health ini­tia­tive of­fer­ing a se­ries of health as­sess­ments, im­mu­ni­sa­tion ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies from birth to five years.

The pro­gramme is de­liv­ered to 645 chil­dren through­out Hau­raki rohe by health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hau­raki.

It also in­cludes health pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and is an im­por­tant gate­way for par­ents to ac­cess pri­mary and spe­cial­ist health care, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial ser­vices.

Ta­mariki Ora Well Child nurse vis­its can start at birth or at six weeks, de­pend­ing on the mid­wife’s re­fer­ral.

Reg­is­tered nurse Krista Har­ries has been vis­it­ing Mataira in her own home since she was six weeks old.

While mums can also opt to take their ba­bies to a clinic, Zariah, from Thames, ap­pre­ci­ates the con­ve­nience of not hav­ing to take her baby out of the house when it’s time for her check-ups.

Zariah also en­joys the ‘‘wha¯naubased ap­proach’’ Ta­mariki Ora Well Child of­fers.

‘‘When Krista comes, it’s al­most like a friend com­ing to visit baby and me, not just a nurse,’’ she said.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hau­raki Man­ager of Oranga o te Tan­gata (Pub­lic Health and Health Pro­mo­tion Ser­vices) Deb­bie Petersen-Pilcher says Ta­mariki Ora Well Child also works closely with other ser­vices to sup­port fam­i­lies where needed.

‘‘It is about wha¯nau ora and en­sur­ing we pro­vide ser­vices that wrap around our wha¯nau, sup­port their as­pi­ra­tions to­ward well­ness and build upon our vi­sion for Hau­raki to be a healthy na­tion,’’ she said.

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